Never before has Tupperware appeared so elegant and majestic. In these photographic editions by Jane Simpson, ‘Tupperware Captured in Still Life Series I and II’, the famous everyday food containers are pictured in arrangements reminiscent of the Italian still life painter Giorgio Morandi. Blending Morandi’s muted palette with shiny consumerism, the vessels vie for the viewer’s attention as if posing for a family portrait, or dominating a dusky skyline.
Simpson’s arrangements manage to stir up feelings of sensuality and the tragic fleetingness of life. As Norman Rosenthal puts it, the term ‘still life’ “captures neither life nor death but of a moment in-between, fixed forever in time by the artist”. Everything in our world has its own life span – Tupperware itself loses its translucency over time, and becomes scarred and scuffed by the substances it is intended to preserve, and the people it is intended to serve. In return, Simpson’s photographs aim to preserve a single, fleeting moment in the life of these objects.
Jane Simpson (born 1965) trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, London.
In 1994 she was included in the seminal exhibition Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, curated by Damien Hirst, at the Serpentine Gallery, London; she was also selected to take part in the controversial Sensation exhibition of 1997. Her work is held in many public and private collections including the Saatchi Collection, the Arts Council of England, the British Council and the Colección Ciudad de Pamplona.
Recent solo shows include Tableau at CAC Malaga, 2004; Somewhere (between freezing and melting) there lies passion, Galería Javier López, Madrid and Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, 2004; A Three Way Conversation with Myself, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, 2005; Still Still Life, Javier Lopez Gallery, Madrid, 2006 and Jane Simpson, Gering & López Gallery, New York, 2008. Recent group shows include Valencia Biennale, 2005; kissingcousins, curated by Jane Simpson and Sarah Staton, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2007 and Weather Report (Art and Climate Change), Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno Canary Islands, 2007.
Jane Simpson lives and works in London.